With Hallowe’en out the way, we can finally start turning out attention to the inevitable oncoming onslaught of the holidays, and the question of whether or not we’re going to be able to escape our families during these stressful periods with televisual distractions. The answer…? Of course so. Here are five highlights of November’s new shows.
The words “Bravo Reality Show” don’t necessarily bode well for anyone who’s… well, ever spent a lot of time watching Bravo in general, as much as I like Top Chef. Nonetheless, there’s the potential for something interesting with this new series, which purports to take a look behind the scenes of the Cheezburger Network as they try to create a new web series component for I Can Haz Cheezburger. Yes, there’s a massive, massive chance that this will be car crash viewing, but perhaps it’ll be… enjoyably bad…? (November 7 at 11pm on Bravo)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
“But wait,” you say, confused. “Isn’t Earth’s Mightiest Heroes already running?” The short answer: Yes, it is… But not for much longer. “Avengers Assemble,” the episode that airs a week on Sunday, is the final episode of the show’s second season, and if Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb is to be believed, sets up the Avengers Assemble series that’ll replace it in much the same way that Justice League Unlimited replaced Justice League. Think of it as Marvel NOW! for your television. (November 11 at 11:30am on Disney XD)
Firefly: Browncoats Unite!
Celebrating a surprising ten years of Joss Whedon’s much-beloved, much-missed space series, this one-off special episode features footage shot during the cast’s reunion at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and tries to put the show’s legacy into some kind of (admittedly, favorable) perspective ahead of Science’s re-running of the entire series to date. (November 11 at 10pm on the Science Channel)
The show returns for the second half of its fifth season, with the team relocated to Portland, OR, Nate up to something with Hardison and a promise from the executive producers that this year’s season finale just may seem a little bit more final than usual. Me, I think that we’re moving towards Nate leaving the team for good (or so he thinks; after all, if the show gets a sixth season, I doubt we’ll not see a return for actor Timothy Hutton), but considering how much fun this show always is, I’m more than ready to be proven wrong and surprised in ways I couldn’t even vaguely see coming. (November 27 at 10pm on TNT)
Consider this an early Christmas (or Hanukkah) present: A second season of the British period thriller that mixes political intrigue with behind-the-scenes media commentary and just a little bit of Mad Men retro-soap opera, too. Bel is still running the show, but Hector has become a little too comfortable being the center of attention as the series returns, and Freddie… Well, he’s gone around the world and come back a new man. Quite where the series goes from there, I have no idea, but I know I’ll be tuning in to find out. (November 28 at 10pm on BBC America)